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Putting the Taliban Back in Power

Perhaps it’s a precursor to what’s to come in Iraq, or it could be just a bad plan exposed, but reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan now include a concerted effort to recruit former “low level” Taliban leadership. To some this may reek of hipocracy and reverse nation-building (a.k.a. terrorism building), but the truth may be that that Afghanistan is an incredibly difficult country to occupy and run, and the U.S. has had to seek assistance from the former leadership: “US intelligence clearly realized this situation, and since the beginning of the year it has attempted to reach a compromise with the Taliban, on the proviso that they (the US) do not lose face.”

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at September 23, 2003 10:56 AM